MTU Kinesiology Student Embraces Possibility

Corey Miller cares for elders in a local nursing home, providing an important support
to her community which is also supporting to explain her vocation targets.

World-wide pandemics do not offer you silver linings or golden possibilities. But they can
open up the door to new choices — of acquiring techniques to shift ahead even in the most
dire of moments and to be of support when executing so. For Michigan Technological College
university student Corey Miller, a 2019 work out science graduate performing on her accelerated master’s diploma in kinesiology, that signifies caring for elders at PortagePointe, a qualified rehabilitation facility
in Hancock that delivers 24-hour nursing treatment to 60 people.

Miller, a qualified nursing assistant (CNA), started out get the job done at PortagePointe during
the 2020 spring semester and options to continue on by means of slide semester. It’s her second
stint at the facility. She labored there element-time from 2016 to 2018 when completing
her undergraduate diploma. Michigan Tech college students on the pre-wellbeing professional track
and community wellbeing treatment providers have a long background of performing with each other: college students
get time with mentors and interaction with sufferers when supporting to fill important

“I was thinking about heading again to PortagePointe right after my undergraduate internship
in Australia in the summer of 2019, but my tutorial agenda didn’t allow me to keep
a element-time situation,” said Miller, who hails from Calumet. “Before COVID-19 occurred
I was only in a position to apply for a ‘float,’ situation, that means I would get two shifts for each
thirty day period. The moment lessons moved on the internet I was in a position to decide up a situation and can preserve
it heading into my final semester of programs ahead of my master’s internship in the spring.”

Creating a Variance in Local community Wellness

In 2016, Miller was amongst the initially team of college students to obtain an $eight,000 renewable
Portage Wellness Basis Creating a Variance Scholarship, per year awarded to local college students researching in a wellbeing-relevant area. As element of
scholarship requirements, Miller and fellow 2016 recipients established and preserve a
HOSA Foreseeable future Wellness Professionals Club on campus. “We’ve assisted Wellness endorse wellbeing-relevant topics with bi-weekly Wellness
Huts in the Library,” said Miller. “We also do other volunteer initiatives on campus
— and are always coming up with new thoughts.”

Where does one discover that form of flexible thinking? Miller credits two a long time of examine abroad encounters.

A young woman in a pink poncho, hat, and hiking boots smiles above Machu Picchu in Peru with the Andes Mountains in the background.
Miller at Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru in 2019.

“Semester at Sea authorized me to travel to 12 distinct nations on a ship for 4 months during slide
2018,” she said. “I learned that items never always go according to prepare and becoming
in a position to adapt to adjustments is crucial. I ongoing with this philosophy touring
in Australia executing my undergrad internship, and when I manufactured a aspect journey to South The united states
right after.”

The CNA career underscores the multigenerational dimension of Miller’s wellbeing and wellness
education and outreach. In addition to performing with more mature folks, she’s on staff members with
Michigan Tech’s Pupil Wellness and Wellness, and is also performing to educate both equally college college students and teenagers about the potential risks
of vaping. She also did some get the job done relevant to integrative physiology PhD candidate
Joshua Gonzalez’s analysis on the outcomes of vaping on healthy youthful older people, but feels her strengths lie in the interactive training element instead than the

A young woman in scrubs smiles in front of a hospital outside with a blue sky in Hancock, Michigan
Miller is focused on wellbeing and wellness — as a vocation and a lifestyle. In the latter
scenario, fitting self-treatment into a packed agenda just isn’t always uncomplicated. But she attempts.

Returning to get the job done at PortagePointe during the condition of Michigan’s keep-home order
needed further safeguards. Miller took additional education to guarantee good use of
personalized protective products (PPE) and other protection actions needed to avert
the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“The get the job done is bodily demanding, but providing my elders with the maximum high-quality
of treatment is worthy of all the managing about I do,” she said, including that it is been really hard
for people to not be in a position to have website visitors inside of the facility. Anyone needs
to cheer them up — and that anyone is quite generally Miller.

“I am form of a goofball who is always smiling and dancing about the facility. Trying to keep
an upbeat character allows maintain the elders cheerful most of the time.”Corey Miller, ’19, work out science, and recent graduate university student, kinesiology

In return, her elders have influenced new choices as she considers what’s following
right after MTU.

“For a long time, I’d assumed I desired to be a health care medical doctor. Recognizing that was not
what I desired was really hard,” she said. “Coming again to the nursing home and performing with
elders who are executing their walking courses has assisted me feel about a doctorate of bodily therapy (DPT). My big checks all the prerequisite containers. I just require to get additional shadowing
several hours with a DPT.”

Like many caregivers, Miller acknowledges that she tends to be a “workhorse” and is
improved at advocating self-treatment than executing it. But she would make a mindful exertion.

“I check out to intertwine items I enjoy executing with items I require to get finished for professional
colleges,” she said. “Working as a CNA, for illustration, allows me get affected person treatment several hours
and encounter performing in wellbeing treatment. My vape presentation enables me to do additional community
outreach to meet my final necessity for my scholarship and provide training on
a incredibly hot topic that this community needs.” Exercises are a favored way to chill out, which include
excess weight education, yoga, and managing. “I’m at this time education to run my initially marathon
by the conclude of the summer somewhere in the Keweenaw,” she said. “Just for fun, not
an formal race.”

She also reminds folks that no one is upbeat all the time, and acknowledging pressure
and executing a little something to counteract it is crucial.

“I am not heading to lie, this condition has brought about me some anxiousness. I am human, so
I know it is Alright and wholly standard,” she said. “I am naturally a glass-50 percent-full
form of human being and what allows me maintain my happy angle, specifically during these really hard
moments, is to keep on a healthy agenda of performing exercises, get the job done and achieving out to my
close friends and family members. I like to invest a good deal of time connecting with mother nature by trail
managing or outside yoga — I invest a good deal of time out at Farmers Block where by my family members
owns forty acres.”

“I have learned to aim on myself additional and keep tranquil during really hard moments,” she included.

A different lesson learned because the commencing of the pandemic: do your very own analysis and
aim on the info.

“I have learned to get every little thing I see on the information or social media with a grain
of salt,” Miller said. “There is so much misinformation out there that if you do not
examine where by it will come from, you can get your self nervous or labored up for no reason.”

When asked if there’s nearly anything she’d like to notify returning college students, Miller focused
on keeping our campus united and our community healthy.

“With all the new protection actions that are becoming executed, let’s all return to
campus with an open up thoughts and get just about every working day one working day at a time. If we all do our element,
we can maintain ourselves and the community healthy.”Corey Miller, ’19, work out science, and recent graduate university student, kinesiology

Michigan Technological College is a general public analysis university, home to additional than
seven,000 college students from 54 nations. Established in 1885, the College delivers additional than
one hundred twenty undergraduate and graduate diploma courses in science and technological innovation, engineering,
forestry, organization and economics, wellbeing professions, humanities, mathematics, and
social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway
and is just a handful of miles from Lake Superior.